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13 Apr 2019

Julia Creek Dirt n Dust South32 Senior Triathlon

The Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Festival shines in its 25th year after concerns the devastating floods might call for cancellation.

“The fact that this event has gone ahead today after we were under water eight weeks ago is an absolute testament to the volunteers and the resilience and strength of our community,” said McKinlay Shire Mayor Cr Belinda Murphy.

The South32 Julia Creek Senior Triathlon is synonymous for being the toughest sprint triathlon course in the country. The 25th anniversary event delivered once again this year with some of the harshest conditions yet, with 25km/hr head winds described as “brutal”.

The event is a bucket list item on the triathlon calendar and continues to draw competitors from across Australia, with an 800m swim in the Eastern Creek, a 25km bike ride and 5km run. During the last 25 years more than 4000 competitors have battled with the Outback conditions, with strong easterly winds at 25km hour and humid conditions, the race did not disappoint in presenting competitors with tough challenges.

Townsville based winner Jye Spriggs said “It feels amazing to be the winner of the 25 anniversary Senior Triathlon. The conditions are absolutely brutal, we had a 25km headwind out there on the bike. So it was really tough, it felt like you were going backwards almost, but you had to keep pushing. And that’s what I did.”

Second over the line was Michael Adendorff from Mount Isa who came fifth the year before. Justin Bindley also from Mount Isa followed up with third place, smashing his previous placing of 22nd.

Female winner Kim Alcorn, another Mount Isa local, said “It was pretty rough out there - that headwind was an absolute shocker. I did definitely enjoy it, I love coming out to Julia Creek, this is only my second one so I’ll be back every year for as long as I can be.”

Second female runner across the line was Trudy Fegan from Townsville, wife of Max Fegan, the former-Julia Creek triathlete who inspired the event 25 years ago. Following up third across the line was Charlotte Hiette from Townsville.

Cr Belinda Murphy, who ran in the triathlon this morning, said this event provides an economic boost for the community.

“This event is so huge for our community, not just socially but the economic impact for our small shire and everywhere across the North West is invaluable.”

Dirt n Dust Committee President Stephen Malone, says this event was the starting point for what Dirt n Dust has grown into.

“In the beginning we only had a handful of runners, and we all thought they were crazy - running a triathlon in the Outback. But here we are 25 years later with over 250 competitors having just finished racing. Though I’m not entirely convinced they are still crazy!” he laughs. “But it’s certainly become a bucket list item for so many people.”

Senior Tri:

  • 253 competitors; 175 individual and 78 team competitors
  • 800m swim, 25km ride, 5km run
  • Furthest travelling competitor from Victoria
  • The largest percentage of competitors are from Mount Isa

Results South32 Senior Triathlon as at Saturday 13th April 11:30am

For full results:






Jye Spriggs



Michael Adendorff

Mount Isa


Justin Bindley

Mount Isa



Kim Alcorn

Mount Isa


Trudy Fegan



Charlotte Hiette


The 25th Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Festival is this weekend, April 12-14.  
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The Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Festival is supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland’s It’s Live! in Queensland calendar of events.